Directions to the Dragon Boat Race and Parking Areas

This year 2017 the Asian Festival Dragon Boat Race returns to the west banks of the Scioto River between the West Rich St. and W. Main St. bridges. On any other year, the area south and west of COSI is easily accessible to vehicular traffic and offers plenty of parking space. However with the new COSI parking garage construction and the larger Franklinton development, plus the Girls on the Run 5K event on 05/21/2017, visitors will need to navigate the road closures and cope with limited parking. The information here should help alleviate these concerns.

Road Closures and Dragon Boat Race Staging Areas


Roads Closed (Map: Red Streets)

  1. Washington Blvd.
  2. Belle St.
  3. Rush Avenue
  4. Starling St.
  5. W. State St.
  6. Lucas St.
  7. W. Chapel St.
  8. W. Capital St.

Race Area (Map: Green Region)

  1. Dragonboat heat course.
  2. Food trucks and restrooms.
  3. Handicap drop off/pickup.

Dragonboat Team Area (Map: Violet Region)

  1. Team Staging/Resting Area
  2. Team Loading/Unloading
  3. Team Captain Parking


Public Parking

Metered parking is free on Sundays but the road closures near COSI limit availability. Instead there are a number of parking lots and garages on the east side of the Scioto River. Here is an interactive map for parking in the Downtown district; alternatively, here is another useful one.

Hopper App


Hopper Carts is excited about the Dragon Boat race, and equally excited to offer you FREE RIDES. They are offering rides to and from your parking spot near the Dragon Boat race. Please be on the lookout for Hopper Carts in and around suitable parking areas. They will be offering free rides between 10:30am to 5:00pm on race day.

There are two ways to access free rides through Hopper:


  1. Downloading the Hopper app on your Android phone. Unfortunately, the iPhone app is not available yet.
  2. Look for large-sized Golf Carts covered in a wrap with advertisements such as Byers, Columbus Arts Festival, and others. All you need to do is wave them down if you want to stop them and they will give you a ride. It is up to you to tip the driver for their service.

Hopper carts is an eco-friendly, 100% electric transportation option that operates seven days a week in the downtown Columbus area. They are thrilled to be a part of the Dragon Boat races! Please remember, their drivers are compensated solely on tips. Please show them your appreciation. 

CoGo Bike Share

The bike sharing service CoGo has several stations on both sides of the Scioto River. The one right by COSI is at the corner of W. Broad and Washington Blvd.


It’s uncertain how the Girls on the Run 5K event affects bus routes. In any case, this map shows the bus stops near the Dragonboat Race.


Bus Stop COTA Bus and Route Links
W. Belle and Broad St. 10
W. Broad and Marconi Blvd. 10
W. Broad and S. Front St. 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46
E. Broad and S. High St. 10, 12
S. High and E. State St. 1, 2, 2L, 6, CBUS
S. High and W. Town St. 1, 2, 6, CBUS
S. Front and W. Town St. 4, 5, 7, 11, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46
W. Main and S. Ludlow St. 3, 6, 9
W. Rich and Starling St. 3, 6, 9
W. Rich and Lucas St. 3, 6, 9


Happy Racing!

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